A couple of minutes ago, while playing, I began experiencing a strange issue: whenever I keep pressed for a second or more some of the keys, a pop-up appears asking me to choose from a set of similar characters.

A screenshot of the pop-up. The pop-up appears even in the chat box. And when I input my password, too.

Some considerations regarding this issue:

  • I never ever encountered it before today.
  • I installed Diablo 3 on day one, and never had any issue with it (~30 hours of gameplay to date).
  • The problem began in the middle of a gaming session, an hour and an half from the start.
  • I didn't install anything or changed any setting, neither in the game nor in OS X.
  • The pop-up seems belonging to OS X, because of its look and the fact that it can't be screenshotted neither by the game nor the operating system.
  • I could not find any setting that could be related to this in "Keyboard" or "Universal access" in "System preferences".
  • I don't know if I hit some voodoo key combo while playing.
  • I already tried the classical help desk solutions (close and reopen the game, restart the computer, etc) to no avail.
  • It does not happen with other applications (e.g. Firefox, Terminal).
  • It looks like an IME. Have you checked that it only happens when playing Diablo 3? Because if it happens outside the game too (and based on your description, it sounds like it should), this is off-topic for this site; you'll have more luck on the Apple SE site. Jun 18, 2012 at 21:03
  • Michael Madsen, it's the first time I've seen something like that, so I'm still investigating it. I too think that's something placed by OS X, however it never happened to me before during my ~2 years with Apple. :S
    – Albireo
    Jun 18, 2012 at 21:08
  • what happens when you press a number that is shown there in gray?
    – Novarg
    Jun 18, 2012 at 21:09
  • Novarg, it inserts that character.
    – Albireo
    Jun 18, 2012 at 21:10
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    This is a new feature that was added in 10.7. I'll post an answer with screenshots when I get home, but it is 100% OS X and nothing at all to do with D3 Jun 18, 2012 at 21:20

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This question belongs on https://apple.stackexchange.com/, but what you're actually seeing here is that the text entry system that Diablo uses is "well-behaved". (FireFox's text entry system probably isn't, on account of being cross-platform, and Terminal isn't for similar reasons.)

This question has the opposite problem, but should be illuminating. https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/35576

Edit: After a review of the screen shots it appears it might not be as well-behaved as I thought, if it happens outside of areas dedicated for text entry.

From the linked question; fix by opening Terminal.app and running the following command:

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool FALSE

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